The company car

An employee's favorite perk...
An accountant's little time bomb

Taxing employees on their use of company cars is not as simple as you might think. Travel expense claims and deductions are one of the most common triggers for a SARS audit.

In fact, if you get it wrong you’ll face penalties of up to 200% from SARS. And to top it off your employees will either pay too much tax or not enough. Either way, the admin to sort it out is just not worth your time.
The good news is that 90+% of the penalties involve only 4 mistakes that you can easily disarm today.

Disarm these 4 ticking time bombs

He didn’t start using the company car until midway through the month
He uses the car more than 80% for business travel
He gets the use of more than one company car
He pays the maintenance, fuel and licensing costs – instead of the company

These are very common problems. And something you’ll spend hours searching for the answer on the Internet.

Today, you have it in your power to never waste another minute on the Internet trying to disarm these ticking time bombs…

14 Practical examples to make your travel calculations in minutes

Spending time trying to calculate all the variables of company cars vs. travel allowances can be frustrating not to mention complicated.

Well, you don’t have to pull your hair out anymore.

The company car and travel allowance chapters in the Practical Tax Handbook show you exactly how to calculate the various travel options available to you. With this information at the ready, you’ll never make a wrong decision about company cars and travel allowances again. And the best part is, you’ll save a fortune in taxes that you would’ve had to pay if you didn’t have this information.

Simply use the 14 examples we’ve laid out for you. All you need to do is substitute our figures with yours and voila, you’ll have your calculations done within minutes.

But if you’re still not sure you have your calculations right, or if you’ve used the right information, I’ve compiled three handy checklists for you.

The only three checklists you’ll ever need when it comes to company cars

Sometimes large amounts of information can be overwhelming especially when all you're trying to do is have all the relevant information you’re looking for, summarised and in one easy-to-find place. I have just the answer for you...

We’ve compiled three handy checklists on the details that MUST be included in your logbook, the three most common travel allowance errors you must avoid to escape penalties and all the differences between a company car and a travel allowance. You can print these out and keep them on your desk so you don’t have to wade through pages of information.

While going through your checklists you might have a question about company cars or travel allowances. So what now? Do you go back to the internet to search for the answers? Or call you tax consultant and spend R1 200 to get your answer?

No. You don’t have to do either of these. We’ve answered 10 of the most popular company car and travel allowance questions. Here they are.

Your top ten company car and travel allowance questions answered by leading tax professionals

If you know what your colleagues are asking it’ll save you a lot of money. This is because tax consultants charge anything from R1 200 an hour answer your tax questions.

So having the top ten, most asked, company car and travel allowance questions and answers at your fingertips will save you thousands of unnecessary rands on consultant fees.

And the best part is, you can refer back to these questions and answers as many times as you like.

Don’t spend another minute scouring the internet for answers that aren’t there

You no longer need to worry if the route you take is the correct one or the most cost effective one for your business. With The Practical Tax Handbook you’ll have everything you need to make the best decision for your business thanks to the some of the top tax experts in South Africa.

The Practical Tax Handbook will help you minimise the amount of time you spend going back and forth debating if you should offer your staff a company car or a travel allowance. You’ll have all the answers at the click of a button.

So when you consider how much you’d save if you knew how to legally reduce the amount of tax you’re paying on fringe benefits for each of your employees, you’ll know it’s worth it. Never mind the 200% in penalties you could save because you’ll know how to deduct the right amount of tax.

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I'm David van Niekerk and I have one single mission: To help businesses like yours save tax. My team and I at the Practical Tax Handbook service have developed a perfectly legal way to do just that. Let's meet the team.

David van Niekerk - Qualified chartered accountant and registered tax practitioner with SARS

I'm a qualified chartered accountant and registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. I am also a registered tax practitioner with SARS and have been since 2004.

I believe in absolute integrity and the highest quality service when handling my client’s business and personal portfolios. I have been involved in tax consulting since 1999, offering clients both complicated legal tax interpretation, structuring and advice, to assisting with basic tax filing.

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